description of Lilith by Kiki Smith

This life-sized bronze sculpture depicts a small nude woman creeping down the wall like Spiderman, defying gravity. Curled up with her knees under her body, her rear end aimed at the ceiling, and her breasts pointing toward the wall, she glances back over her left shoulder with piercing glass eyes and a steely gaze. Her cast bronze body is dark brown in color and features rough textured patches, and raised seams that resemble thick veins. Her right hand and foot lie flat against the wall with clearly delineated fingers and toes, but on her left side her digits are missing, as if they’ve disappeared into the wall.

Kiki Smith, Lilith, 1994
Kiki Smith, Lilith, 1994; silicon bronze and glass, 33 in. x 27 1/2 in. x 19 in. (83.82 cm x 69.85 cm x 48.26 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Kiki Smith

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Lilith
Artist name
Kiki Smith
Date created
1994
Classification
sculpture
Medium
silicon bronze and glass
Dimensions
33 in. x 27 1/2 in. x 19 in. (83.82 cm x 69.85 cm x 48.26 cm)
Date acquired
2005
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase
Copyright
© Kiki Smith
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2005.321
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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